Caroline, Liv and Charlotte are excited to be back and are keen to see their new home, Clearwater Farm. Their excitement turns to dismay when they discover the place is a ruin. Dup confronts Danny about the suspicious death of Christian Peeters, and they agree to keep quiet about the dead body found in the Leopards Den swimming pool.
Danny has found a potential financial lifeline in a pharmaceutical company looking to fund an environmental project. He pitches his business plan, but the day lurches from disaster to disaster. It soon becomes apparent that Ed Lynch, veterinarian at Big Five, is competing for the same grant. Dup is determined to prevent the sale of Leopards Den to Lynch.
Caroline is furious that Danny appears to be betraying Dup by agreeing to work with Ed Lynch. When a controlled brush fire spirals out of control and a cheetah is injured, Caroline helps Lynch operate on the animal and she sees a more sympathetic side to him. Meanwhile, Rosie returns at Caroline's suggestion to try to help solve the family's problems. But where is Max?
Caroline's angry loyalty to Dup estranges the pair from the rest of the family. It appears Dup is coming unhinged by his belief that he's seen Christian Peeters' ghost in the township. Meanwhile, Ed and Danny try to rescue some animals from a zoo that's closing. Caroline confronts Dup, who reveals the truth about the circumstances of Peeters' death.
Danny is in prison, accused of murdering Peeters, but Dup sets out to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Ed's increasingly suspicious behaviour makes Dup think he's harbouring a dark secret. With nobody around to help, Rosie goes on a lone search for a wild cheetah, leading her into danger.
Ed is left in charge of the endangered species project while Danny is away and Dup is doing community service. A beautiful new female vet turns up at the clinic, claiming to have a lion that carries the rare Barbary gene. Dup suspects the newcomer has an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Fatani, Liv and Thabo are carrying out an animal census.
Everyone is surprised when Fiona arrives, claiming to be Ed's wife and seeking to reconcile the differences that led to their earlier separation. However, a misunderstanding leaves her thinking that Rosie is Ed's new love interest until Rosie announces that her and Max are getting divorced. Meanwhile, a disturbing link is revealed between some seemingly unrelated animal deaths.
The Trevanion Family's financial woes continue, as Danny and Ed are refused an extension on their mortgage. Desperate to restore his relationship with Alice and be by her side when the baby is born, Danny makes an anguished decision about his future that leaves Dup stunned.
Strange things are happening at Leopards Den as Danny prepares to leave for the UK. There's an invasion of frogs, an elephant has wandered into the kitchen, and the cheetah is off his food. Danny relishes one last adventure before his departure, but there's danger in it. Meanwhile, Dup makes an alarming discovery about Ed and Fiona. As Danny tries to leave Leopards Den the elephants block his path. Will he stay, or will he go?